This research has had transformational impacts: systematically providing
evidence of the state of
cultural heritage policies concerning nine countries in South East Europe;
identifying the need for
management tools to integrate inventories, environmental and spatial
planning, heritage protection
and funding mechanisms for projects to enable sustainable use of heritage
shape a Council of Europe regional programme; creating the framework for
reform requests by the states concerned; and has led to technical
assistance actions, jointly
funded by the Council of Europe and the European Commission, including
monitoring to ensure
the institutionalisation of methodologies in national policies and
Kyriakidis's research has had impact on policy-makers within both national and local government.
This has involved a scaling up of his impact activities that were based in Gonies (Crete) to include
both national policy-makers and international organisations. As a result, he has become an
influential international authority on the development of greater public engagement with heritage
sites (including Pompeii), and on public policy in Greece. His research has resulted in a shift in
policy at the Athens University of Economics and Business, which now engages with the provision
of training in Heritage Management and is branching out from exclusively finance-based education.
His CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses have reached out to the commercial
sector (particularly Leica).
2The European funded ISAAC Project aimed to enhance the relationship
between heritage and tourism in urban destinations through a novel
Information Communication Technology (ICT) environment. The platform
provided integrated and user-friendly tourism e-services facilitating an
advanced access to European cultural heritage assets. Within this project
the Sunderland team worked with a wide community of stakeholders to
identify intangible aspects and stories worthwhile to be told within a
destination. These stories were integrated in an interpretative strategy
independent of, but aligned with destinations' current marketing and
positioning strategies. The specific impact focuses on three destinations,
Leipzig, Amsterdam and Genoa.
The impact of this research has been to change architectural conservation
practice to utilize plants as agents of conservation rather than remove
them from ruins and other heritage sites. The impact stems from new
scientific evidence based on integrated laboratory and field studies
carried out at the School of Geography and the Environment in Oxford, by
Professor Viles and her team, demonstrating that plants and other organic
growths can be protective and contribute to successful and cost-effective
conservation of heritage sites. The impact has been realised through close
collaboration with English Heritage throughout the research process.
This research in Libya has had several significant impacts with wide
reach for a range of different groups, both national and international. It
has made fundamental contributions to the archaeological mapping of Libya
(a country of extraordinary archaeological richness but still poorly
recorded), to the development of typologies of sites and artefacts, and to
dating frameworks. This has delivered major related impacts for management
of cultural heritage by the Libyan Department of Antiquities (DoA), and
for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and archaeological mitigation
work by oil companies in the Libyan desert. There have been additional
benefits through dissemination of new historical models, as well as
protection of heritage sites during the 2011 conflict.
Heritage is a key component of contemporary urban regeneration policies.
Rebecca Madgin's research is embedded with, and informed by,
knowledge-exchange with public bodies. Her historically-informed and
methodologically innovative approach to the heritage of the built
environment empowers a diverse range of user groups — local councils,
public bodies and third-sector `heritage' organizations — to develop a
more sophisticated knowledge of the ways in which local communities
understand and value the buildings and spaces that they inhabit.
Specifically, the case study shows how Madgin's work has directly informed
the planning policies of two organisations: Edinburgh World Heritage Trust
and Leicester City Council.
The origins of this category and critical concept lie in Dr Robertson's
interest in the way local
communities have sought to put the past to use in the present. A strong
interest in public histories
in the Scottish Highlands, both individual and communal, has brought
significant opportunities for
collaboration with, and dissemination to, local history organisations and
other community groups.
Further impact includes: the curating of an art exhibition; engaging with
practitioners to explore the
ways in which memories of flooding can be utilised in future resilience;
contributions to debates on
land and identity in the Scottish Highlands.
Elizabeth Graham's model of long-standing engagement and research at
specific Maya sites in
Belize has led to significant partnerships with local communities as well
as tourist and heritage
organisations. At Lamanai, where Graham has worked for over 15 years,
research enabled the
Belize tourism authorities to develop the site, benefiting 212,800
visitors during 2008-2013. This
partnership led to an invitation to work at the Marco Gonzalez site on
Ambergris Caye, where
research has facilitated the development of the site virtually from
scratch and created a new
recognition of Maya heritage on the caye.
Simon Goldhill's research on the history and archaeology of Jerusalem led
to his being asked to join the EU-funded programme Promoting
Understanding of Shared Heritage (PUSH). The aim of the project is
to develop a new policy on sites of shared cultural heritage, in which
capacity Goldhill has met regularly with — and been able to influence —
Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian policy-makers. This influence is
manifested in a rapprochement between groups who had previously been
unable to meet; new signage at significant sites across Israel/Palestine
and Jordan; and continuing interaction particularly on the crucial area of
the management of natural resources.
Research for the UNESCO trans-national World Heritage nomination of the
Silk Roads led to a
radical new policy framework for undertaking serial nominations (thematic
groups of sites across
state boundaries). The `Silk Roads Thematic Study' transformed the
attitudes of governments and
heritage agencies in the region and had a major impact on conservation,
interpretation and heritage tourism. This study was supported by a
long-term site-specific project
undertaken at the ancient city of Merv in Turkmenistan. By developing
education strategies with
local teachers and transforming national approaches to heritage (through
management planning, and interpretation) the `Ancient Merv Project' is now
an exemplar of best
practice throughout the Silk Roads World Heritage Project.